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POST PINOCHET CHILE … I never expected to visit Chile. Although, my oldest daughter did live in Santiago for six months on a tech grant several years ago. And my youngest son hiked the new Parque Patagonia on a Telluride Mountain School experiential trip last year. The Doug Tompkins-funded c…

Like humans, the biggest organ of an animal’s body is the skin. And sometimes your pets have as much trouble with their skin as you do with yours, like itching. There are so many things that can cause an animal to itch: parasites (blech!), food allergies, plant allergies, shampoo allergies, …

I just watched a fun animated kid’s movie called “Boss Baby,” in which Baby Corp. (you know… the corporation that makes babies and delivers them to families) was deeply concerned about the competition they were seeing from pets.  The Baby Corp. executives were worried that pets were going to…

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All of us have identities beyond just being human. I can come up with a dozen for myself off the top of my head. Pretty far down the list would come my ethnic identity, but some would say that’s exactly what you could expect from an older white male. It’s one of those privileges that come wi…

UTE RECONCILIATION … Our community has indeed been bridge building, working to put to rest a wrong that occurred long before any of us were born. Our Ute neighbors are mostly done being angry after some 130 years, but they’re still saddened, and sensitive to the few lands and rights we’ve le…

FLYING HOME … Published by the Peaks, Plateaus and Canyons Association, Sojourns was a gorgeous Colorado Plateau journal of 14 years standing, only recently having ceased publication. According to co-editor Carol Haralson, they decided to send the photo-thick periodical into the archives wit…

UTE RECONCILIATION … It was good to hear the stories Zia elder Peter Pino told up at the museum a couple weeks back, and that I heard from Uncompahgre Ute leader Shaun Chapoose at the Chipeta Rising celebration in Salida over the Indigenous Peoples weekend. Thanks to schools like Fort Lewis …

UTE RECONCILIATION … When I was first elected as commissioner in San Miguel County, the county staff got to choose from 10 or so dates in a type of holiday-setting employee smorgasboard (we’re a liberal county and believe in lots of choice). One of them was the Columbus Day weekend, where th…

THE FALL … It’s kind of nice to take a breather after summer’s heady rush. I know it’s not convenient for many folks who depend on a regular paycheck. But for those of us who’ve adapted our lives to the pulse of on-and-off seasons, there’s a certain welcome symmetry to busy busy and slow slo…

NEXT WEEK … When I started working with the Telluride Mushroom Festival, shrooms were still considered plants, and mycology — if even offered — was part of the botany department at colleges and universities. No more … It’s its own kindom, as I like to say [sic], since kings and their medieva…

First Thursday Art Walk is special anytime, but particularly tonight.